International Olympic Committee Will Meet in Malaysia in 2015
In 2015, the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session will head to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where 1,500 international delegates will meet.
These delegates will include IOC members and their accompanying guests, IOC Honorary Members, representatives of Host Cities of future Olympic Games, Bid Cities of the 2020 Olympic Games, sponsors /partners of the IOC and staff members of the IOC.
In addition, there are expected to be approximately 1,500 members of the print and electronic media.
Supported by the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), Mr. Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, Chief Executive Officer, MyCEB comments, “It is an exciting moment for us and an outstanding milestone to have secured this bid. This is due to a particular significance of the session, whereby the Host City of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games will be selected and announced.”
Zulkefli added, “For the announcement to be made in Kuala Lumpur will definitely made a positive impact on the country and at MyCEB, we couldn’t be even more encouraged to pursue our mission in positioning Malaysia as Asia’s business events hub”.
The seven-day event will require 8,000 rooms around the city to accommodate participants. In addition, he session is expected to garner approximately RM 26 million (EUR 6.6 million / USD8.4 million) in economic impact to the country.
“The hosting of this session marks Malaysia’s entry into the ranks of other Asian countries that has previously hosted this prestigious meet such as China, Japan, Korea and Singapore,” said YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Al-marhum Tuanku Ja’afar, president of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).
He added, “This is no doubt a prestigious meeting of which we are thoroughly proud to be a part of. We are grateful to the IOC for choosing Malaysia and recognizing our determination and hard work to ensure the success of the bid.”
Established in 1894, the IOC is an international non-governmental nonprofit organization of unlimited duration recognized by the Swiss Federal Council. Today, the committee consists of a maximum of 115 persons as members and about 15 persons who have retired from the IOC, but have been appointed as Honorary Life members. It is the most influential sports organization in the world in connection with multisport Games, with ownership of the Olympic Games, the Olympic Winter Games and the Olympic Youth Games.